Thursday, November 9, 2023

"I Saw a Peacock," anonymous lyric


I saw a peacock with a fiery tail
I saw a blazing comet drop down hail
I saw a cloud with ivy circled round
I saw a sturdy oak creep on the ground
I saw a pismire swallow up a whale
I saw a raging sea brim full of ale
I saw a Venice glass sixteen foot deep
I saw a well full of men's tears that weep
I saw their eyes all in a flame of fire
I saw a house as big as the moon and higher
I saw the sun even in the midst of night
I saw the man that saw this wondrous sight.

Source of the text - The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, Second Edition, Edited by Iona and Peter Opie.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997, page 405.

TJB: In this litany riddle constructed of anaphora, couplets, & seeming paradox, each line’s second clause modifies the prior as well as the next line.

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